Global warming also puts human health in great danger as severe changes in climate negatively affect the environment that provides us with food, water, clean air, shelter, and security. Over the next century, the impacts of climate change are predicted to increase. Therefore a number of existing health dangers will become more severe and additional health dangers will arise.
Ironically, humans are the ones responsible for this mess. Human activities from pollution to overpopulation are rising the Earth’s temperature. The main cause of global warming is the human increase of the “greenhouse effect”. This is warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space. Greenhouse gasses are what trap heat and make Earth warmer. Human activities are actually responsible for nearly all of the growth in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere for the last 150 years.
We may be apart of the cause, but we can also be part of the solution before it’s too late!
The rapid increase in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere has warmed the planet at an alarming rate. Atmospheric carbon dioxide hasn’t reached today’s levels in hundreds of thousands of years.
The biggest contributors are:
- Carbon dioxide emissions – These emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas and peat).
- Methane and nitrous oxide emissions – These emissions arise from agriculture, the majority of which are meat based.
- Land emissions – These emissions arise from deforestation, pollution, urbanization, and desertification.
All of the emissions listed above are drastically changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s up to us to help reverse the damage humanity has made to our planet.
Here’s how you can help combat climate change:
- Buy local – When you buy your products locally, you help to reduce emissions from transportation.
- Buy organic – When you buy organic food, you help to reduce the demand for food that’s being grown using heavily polluting modern industrial practices.
- Change your diet – Meat products are the largest contributors greenhouse gas emissions. The best option is to go vegan, however, if you’re not able to, at least consider having a vegan or vegetarian meal a few nights per week to help cut down on your meat consumption.
- The three R’s – Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Trash is a major contributor to global warming. The less we have to throw away, the less garbage ends up in landfills. When there is less garbage in landfills, less methane is produced. Click HERE to see our eco-friendly products to help you cut down on your waste.
- Don’t rely on your car – Walk, ride your bike, use public transportation or carpool as often as you can.
- Switch off your electronics – Switch off your electronics when you’re not using them or when you have the TV on, turn off the lights in the room.
- Spread the word! – Not many people pay attention or acknowledge climate change because they are too caught up in their day-to-day routines. Share this post and spread your knowledge about climate change to inform others about the dangers it has on all of us and for our future generations.